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Shambles: Isle of Wight council clueless on number of Floating Bridge phone complaints

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Just when you thought the Isle of Wight council had reached the peak of their incompetency with the Floating Bridge fiasco, an OnTheWight investigation reveals IWC have no idea how many people have been phoning them to complain about it.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 6:56pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Live: Follow Isle of Wight councillors debating these important issues

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Follow our live reporting from inside County Hall as Isle of Wight councillors debate important issues affecting the Island.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 5:50pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight cllr calls for IWC action over Ryde Arena use

Ryde Arena Planet Ice rink

Cllr Whittle will be asking members to support his motion which addresses several issues with the use of the Arena.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 5:10pm

By Sally Perry

Yarmouth RNLI rescue features in BBC TV documentary

Yarmouth Severn class lifeboat Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) 17-25 providing safety cover during the Round the Island Race 2016. Sailing yachts, offshore, leisure, coastal safey.

The next episode in the second series of BBC2’s documentary on the RNLI, which airs at 8pm on Tuesday 26th September, will include footage of the Yarmouth lifeboat in action and interviews with the Coxswain and members of the volunteer crew.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 4:34pm

By Claire Hallett

First Isle of Wight NUJ meeting for decades took place this week

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The last meeting of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) on the Isle of Wight was way back in the '90s, so it's quite a thing for them to return.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 12:48pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Council looking to invest £100m in property (Updated)

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Isle of Wight council cabinet members have agreed a proposed strategy for investing £100,000,000 in property. Any decisions to purchase property will be delegated to a group of three.

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

New funding formula announced for Isle of Wight schools

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The MP says the new funding formula "means all schools on the Island will benefit from increased funding by an average of 3.1% with some schools receiving significantly higher at nearly 6%".

Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 11:28am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Yarmouth Bridge to close during maintenance work

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The work is expected to take one to two days to complete and won't affect pedestrian access over the bridge.

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 4:16pm

By Gavin Foster

Funding boost for pioneering police project


The Hampshire Stalking Clinic receives government funding for a pioneering project working with perpetrators of stalking.

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 4:02pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Isle of Wight Cabinet say floating bridge foot passengers should pay (updated)

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Three Isle of Wight councillors were calling for charges on the passenger launch between Cowes and East Cowes to be dropped whilst issue with the floating bridge are resolved. The Cabinet has dismissed the calls.

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 11:11am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Wightlink say new terminal layout has improved punctuality

New ramps at Fishbourne

Wightlink say the improvements to terminals in Fishbourne and Portsmouth have resulted in a reduced turnaround time to around 15 minutes.

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 7:33am

By Karen Woods with 5 readers' comments

Business leaders come together to inspire young people

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Business leaders from a range of industries on the Isle of Wight attended the first 'Your Future' event at the Isle of Wight Studio School last week to help inform and inspire students on possible future career paths.

Monday, 18th September, 2017 7:10am

By Lindsey McHugh